New Radial Tyres

New Radial Tyres-Tyre History-Early days gave a hard Ride when fitted with wrong suspension?

New Radial Tyres

America was slow to take to New Radial Tyres

Of course in the early days of tyre development. So, the American tyre market was much slower to use the option of radials. Especially, on the new cars that they were then producing. Predominantly, the rest of the world including Europe and the UK were starting to use New Radial Tyres in much larger numbers.

New Radial Tyres

New Radial Tyres; The Michelin X was the first steel belted radial tyre in the World and gave double the mileage, although the grip in wet weather was nothing to write home about.

Especially in France and Germany with Peugeot and Citroen leading the way. Of course, fitting Michelin tyres on most of their early Diane models.

However, things were very different across the pond in the USA. Indeed, they tended to go for the Bias-belted tyres, which complimented the type of suspensions. Consequently, that were used on most American cars. One of the problems they had with the New Radial Tyres was that the precise handling. Hence, showed up hidden weaknesses in the American cars.

Ford became the front runners in correcting the problems. Introducing “radial tuned” suspension on the new Thunderbird and Lincoln models. Modification enabled Ford to offer radials  as an optional extra. Indeed, this started in 1967 a couple of years after I started my career in tyres here in the UK.

At first, the offers of radials were not taken up very well. Of course, by the public and one of the reasons was supply problems. Other major car makers followed fords footsteps. Though subsequently, they were supplying sub-standard radials. Therefore, suffering quality problems. Because radials were in their infancy in the United States.

Many of the manufacturers had to replace these sub-standard tyres

Firstly by importing Michelin tyres. Michelin had tyres that were tried and tested without any quality problems. Accordingly, one of the biggest players in tyre supplies in America was the department store, Sears. Sears controlled about 25% of the American tyre replacement market in those days. Later,that settled down to about 10%.Because their competitors had all  started to sell New Radial Tyres. This ate into Sears tyre numbers. Sears had done a deal with the tyre makers Armstrong Rubber company which supplied Sears with their Bias belted products, but things certainly picked up when they started to introduce radial tyres, making them one of the top tyre retailers in the States.

Ford used the first radial tyres in America

In 1968 top Ford officials had a meeting with the Michelin company. Offering to fit their radials to the new Lincoln Continental as original equipment. Michelin would be the exclusive supplier of tyres for this new model. In general, the American public knew that radials  lasted far longer than the Bias belted tyres that the were used to driving on, sometimes up to four times longer. It is widely reported that Ford paid $19.50 for the first Michelin, only $5 more per tyre than for bias belted, this was indeed a great deal for Ford and the first American cars rolled off the production lines on cheap Michelin Tyres UK.

Eric Roberts

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VW Polo Batteries Online-A great way to buy a cut price battery

VW Polo Batteries Online

Buy VW Polo Batteries Online;VW batteries one of the most popular selling on line

Buy VW Polo Batteries Online

VW Polo V (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Of course, the world of car battery marketing has changed drastically. Especially, in the last six or seven years. Gone are the brands of battery that we were all once household names! So, brands are now purely set behind national borders and more localised. Instead, batteries are now been produced that were at one time one label. But are actually built by another manufacturer. A good example of this is the Varta and Bosch labels. These batteries are exactly the same products. Of course have their own marketing labels. Globalism is here and the battery makers have openly embraced these changes.

So most Car batteries are now made by the giant battery companies of the World.

Consequently, and just given brand names. For example Varta batteries are now marketed by a Manchester company here in the UK. However they are mainly made by Brookfield Business Partners LP and its institutional partners.

Importantly the Varta label and the Bosch label are just brand names. Subsequently, owned by a large company who do not manufacture the product. This is not to say the batteries are inferior indeed in my opinion the opposite applies and the batteries are of excellent quality.
Volkswagen’s cars such as the Polo are one of the makes of car that come out with a normal battery, usually calcium/calcium maintenance free.

The thing nowadays is that when the battery need replacing you will be probably be buying the same battery but with a different name. The German made cars tend to come out on a battery that is made by the big companies, but with names like Bosch or Varta.

 Cars like the Volkswagen do not need special batteries                     

Naturally, the VW Polo only require a standard battery that you can buy at a cheap price online. For example Varta or Bosch blue top range will be more than capable of starting and handling the electronics of a VW Polo.

Many of these batteries are offered on sale from the internet. Excellent quality ensures that these batteries are good enough for the VW Polo . Indeed including all the rest of the  VW range of cars. You could find that your VW dealer may tell you that their cars require a special battery. Not true! In my opinion this is not necessary.

VW Polo Batteries Online

You can buy a battery of just as good a quality at one of the better online stores at a much cheaper price. A decent quality battery for a Polo part number 063 should be in-between £40 and £60 delivered online.

 

About Eric Roberts

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 odd years.

Nokian Winter Tyres-launches new flagship tyres – European Rubber Journal » European Rubber Journal

Nokian Winter Tyres

nokian winter tyres

Nokian Winter Tyres

This article is about a new range of Nokian tyres. Therefore, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 will be available for regular passenger cars. Especially, designed for passenger cars. As a result, Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 will also be available to fit the SUV for sports utility vehicles. Nokian winter tyres are no doubt amongst the best in the world.

Eric Roberts

Source: Nokian launches new flagship tires – European Rubber Journal » European Rubber Journal

Car Disk Brakes

Car Disk Brakes-A Brief Explanation about what they do and what they are?

Car Disk Brakes

Whatever car you drive you are likely to have Car Disk Brakes

Car Disk Brakes

Dale one of our MOT Testers checking the brake fluid on a vehicle at our Halifax Garage

Whatever car you drive a perhaps it is a small, medium,or a large 4×4 car even a motorbike or a pick up truck, you will probably have Car Disk Brakes fitted as standard on your vehicle.

Car Disk Brakes

BMW brake discs just fitted

Of course, Car Disk Brakes are one of the most important recent inventions on the modern car. Even though you never think about your Brakes. Importantly, they are probably one of the most important functions on your vehicle. Though there are two or three different types of car brakes. Firstly, the drum (used mostly on the rear brakes) . Secondly, the disks, the part of the brakes that are the most commonly used on today’s modern cars. Disc brakes are far better and much more efficient than drum brakes. Because of their more modern design and more powerful stopping ability. Disc brakes are a success story . Developed, from the world of motor racing. So and have been passed onto the modern cars of to day.

What are your disc brakes

For any easy explanation, Disk Brakes consist of two pads. Made from a non-asbestos material. Consequently, that grips the rotating metal disk. The metal disks, are fitted at the end of an axle. So, when you press the brake pedal inside the car. Significantly, the pressure is transferred from the pedal to the discs thus stopping the car.You control the braking power. When you push on the brake pedal, the brake pads come together on the disk, forcing it to stop turning which will cause your vehicle to slow down and eventually stop.

How To Keep your Disk Brakes in top condition.

Whatever type of type of vehicle you may drive, you will probably need to consider having your brakes serviced and brakes maintenance or replacement of your brake parts , at some point along the way. It is important to have the thickness of your brake pads checked by a competent person preferably a qualified mechanic . If your pads are thin or even down to the bare metal, they can cause damage to your disc brakes which will increase your bill due to disc damage due to” metal on metal”.

Also check your brake fluid

Replacing the brake pads and the disc brakes can be fairly easy on your own. However, it is worth noting that the brake discs and pads are becoming much more sophisticated on the cars of today. So Don’t hesitate to get help if you are unsure. Once again it may be wise to let your local brake centre to do your brakes professionally.

What are the signs of brake disc damage ?

There are many ways your break disks will warn you of impending damage. The first experience that our customers have is a complaint of a “grinding” sound. This is usually the “metal on Metal” that I described earlier. The disks can also warp, scar or crack. Of course, due to heat that is caused by heavy excessive braking. Once again these signs are picked up in routine brake servicing.

Are there different disc brake designs?

The answer to this is “YES”, these days, the designs of the cars Brakes vary greatly. Some are made in classic solid steel. Others have special drilled out sections that allows the built up of heat to dissipate. So keeping the discs cooler. Once again a development from racing car design. These drilled out steel discs help prolong the life of the Car Disk Brakes.  Because they reduce built-up heat. Preventing the possibility of warping and enhance the cars stopping power. The creative designs are endless!  Each design has a different effect on the performance of your braking system.

About Eric Roberts

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for over 40 years.

 

 

Workshops encouraged to “keep calm and carry on” – Garagewire

As workshops have a vital role to ensure the country keeps moving during this challenging period, they are one of the few businesses officially allowed to stay open amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. To show its

Source: Workshops encouraged to “keep calm and carry on” – Garagewire

Garage Owners in Shaky Times

Garage Owners in Shaky Times-It’s a worrying time for garage owners

Garage Owners in Shaky Times

Garage Owners in Shaky Times

Garage Owners in Shaky Times

So, like millions of other people the dreaded “Coronavirus” had no significance in our lives. Primarily because it all happened thousands of miles away in mainland China. Of course it never entered my head that these things could spread as quickly as it did. Here at Pellon Autocentre we have always prided ourselves on good service and at the same time offering our local drivers good prices.

Consequently, we have always remained busy and have made a steady living. As the owner I have always made a great effort to look after my staff. Only time has proved this point with most of my workers being long term staff. Profit is important but we have never focused on this as been the most important thing. So recently, liked most other people we looked at the coronavirus as someone elses problem!

How wrong were we

Tracking back in time, then I made a business decision to become an MOT Testing station. Firstly, I had to buy the end part of the building off a small car repair company. Sadly, this did not come cheap. However looking forward as I always do I went ahead with the help of the Yorkshire bank and bought the last piece of the jigsaw.

So, I borrowed heavily, Because the Mot bay was expensive to set up initially. After recruiting a few disappointing testers my star man Ryan Linton came to our rescue and became our main tester. So, the Mot decision was to be one of my best business decisions and like thousands of other garage owners the business model was to be built around the whole testing scenario.

Fast forward to mid-march! Coronavirus was rapidly spreading throughout Europe including here in the UK. Fortunately, we were to become one of the then lucky businesses who could remain open. Our Government whether right or wrong adopted a total “lock down” except for key people who would be able to support the NHS. This “lock down” is going to devastate the economy! Including thousands of small businesses and independent garages.

MOT Testing is our passion

However up to that point we remained confident that we could get by! MOT’s are our passion and blood line. Then came the massive blow! Our panicking government suspended MOT testing for six months. Of course, this was massive “kick in the teeth” to all MOT testing stations across  The UK.

Now like millions of other small businesses we could face closure after 40 years of trading. Of course, I say could? I am determined with the help of our customers to get through this crises that no one could predict would happen. The other side of this holds a rainbow of hope for us. Importantly, we will have to catch up with the massive backlog of MOT tests that will have to be carried out. Including all the work that will have to be carried out on the vehicles.

This is the driver that will make me determined to get through this by hook or by crook?

Eric Roberts

Eric RobertsTo start with it all seemed so far away, we were hearing reports of a coronavirus with flu-like symptoms in Wuhan, China back in January. Aaron Phillips of Jackson & Phillips Automotive Services in Leighton Buzzard. Then

Source: Opinion: It’s a worrying time for garage owners with difficult decisions to be made – Garagewire

Car Servicing Tips

MOT Closure Killer Blow-MOT extension will have “huge impact” on independent garages, warns IGA

MOT Closure Killer Blow

MOT Closure Killer Blow

MOT Closure Killer Blow

There is no doubt that the Governments latest attack on the Coronavirus will make it very difficult for some small independent garages to remain open!  MOT Tests are the life blood of most garage enterprises since they were introduced in 1960.

Garages have evolved around the testing system. Because they are a legal commitment and we have to adhere to strict rules and legislation surrounding vehicle safety. Of course having to enable us to work everything else around the MOT system. In my opinion the government have just blown all our hard work in front of our faces.

From the first of April then all car and van tests will be extended for a six month period. In my opinion this is just a kick in the teeth to the safety of your vehicle.

I do only hope that no one has an accident due to the failure of something that would have been pickup up on the MOT test. I think this is a thoughtless act by yet another member of government that does not know what they are doing.

The attached article is well worth a read ?

Eric Roberts

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The Independent Garage Association (IGA) is raising concerns to the government about the huge impact of extending MOTs for six months. Whilst supporting the government’s measures to control the spread of the coronavirus, the IGA does

Source: MOT extension will have “huge impact” on independent garages, warns IGA – Garagewire

Car batteries-Cold weather

Goodyear Tyres Early Days-How things were In the nineties.

Goodyear Tyres Early Days

Goodyear Tyres Early Days- no longer number one in 1990.

So, in 1990 the French company Michelin tyres. Bought out another tyre company called BF Goodrich tyres of America.This was a good acquisition for Michelin because Goodrich had previously merged with Uniroyal tyres. So making a massive tyre manufacturing conglomerate.

of course, in Goodyear tyres early days. Consequently, Firestone tyres and General tyres had suffered declining sales volumes. Subsequently, at the hand of Goodyear tyres dominance. Especially, in the radial tyre market. Firestone were taken over by Bridgestone tyres of Japan.

GOODYEAR TYRES Early Days

The famous Goodyear Eagle emblem

 General  were bought out by Continental  of Germany.

Due these amalgamations. These bigger companies had now grown into the same size as Goodyear tyres. So,  having an impact on Goodyears sales. Goodyear, had their fingers in other non-tyre ventures. Including the “All American Pipeline”. This company was producing operational losses and was costing Goodyear over $3 billion of debt. However, Goodyear tyres were slow to react and make changes . Resulting in the appointment of a Mr C Gault as chairman of the company.

Goodyear tyres were now suffering. Consequently, between 1989 and 1991 they shed over 12000 jobs, 10% of its workforce. Redundancies came mainly from the white collar section of the workforce. The giant tyre company also set about restructuring its factories with some closures and others being modified, this reconstruction of the company was estimated to save Goodyear tyres over $250 million a year in savings.

Goodyear tyres believed adamantly in the research and development programs

Of course, they kept up the spending on new tyre development. Something that GOODYEAR TYRES  were very passionate about. The company started to bring out new products on the back of these new developments. Passionately, new tyres began to emerge. First ones been the The Goodyear Eagle GT and the Eagle GA. I remember these tyre well, they were modeled for the more luxury cars in the early nineties. These new products helped Goodyear tyres to regain the market share that they lost to the Michelin group and in 1992 they restructured their debts to a more manageable amount of around $1.5 billion.

 Another great new tyre to come out of Goodyear tyres in the early nineties

 Of course, was the “Aqua tread”, which was an all season tyre sold around the World and will be remembered by older drivers. The new tyre was launched simultaneously across the globe. I remember attending the Goodyear tyres launch on their test track in Luxembourg and the tyre became a huge success.GOODYEAR TYRES Early Days

the excellent Goodyear efficient grip tyre  Eric Roberts

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Jaguar XJ needs Winter Tyres

Jaguar XJ needs Winter Tyres-A good look at a Jaguar performing in winter snow conditions.

Jaguar XJ needs Winter Tyres

Jaguar XJ needs Winter Tyres

We see this thing every winter time. Of course, many models of cars will not perform well when presented with a sharp snowfall. Vehicles that seem to suffer more than others are naturally the heavier cars. As expected, this includes the Jaguar car models. The car on this video, even struggled in snow on a flat level drive.

here in Halifax UK, most homes are located on hills. So you can imagine the problems that motorists encounter when the snow hits us. Because we are a tyre retailer, then we fit all our vehicles out with winter tyres every November without fail. Therefore, it makes us laugh, when we see abandoned cars parked at the side of the roads and streets after a snowstorm.

You would think that the drivers would learn. After all we in the tyre industry, try to hammer home the safety angle of the winter tyre, year after year. I must say that we have had some success. Hence many of our customers do fit winters every year. These are the drivers that know how good winter tyres are when the snow arrives. These people are the ones that get their cars to work and school, in a safe manner.

Eric Roberts  Winter Tyres

Text to accompany video-Winter tyres needed can not even get off a level driveway, what chance do you stand on the roads.03/12/2010

Garage Owners in Shaky Times

Car Servicing Halifax-There are different types of car maintenance?

Car Servicing Halifax

Cars are just pieces of machinery and need Car Servicing Halifax

Car Servicing Halifax

Car Servicing Halifax

Modern cars, are just like any other piece of machinery. Require regular maintenance.So, if your car is neglected. Consequently, it will become worn and tired and will eventually stop working . Through experience and in my opinion this is what will happen.

This is why regular servicing is very important. Carried out regularly will ensure that your car performs at the optimum level for much longer. Not all car owners can afford to take their car to the garage for Servicing and  repairing.Because of the skill and knowledge of the service mechanics. So, your local auto-centre in Halifax . Naturally, is best place to have  servicing carried out.

 

Levels of Car Services

Firstly, this is just a breakdown of the types of servicing . To be sure, that you may encounter at your local auto-centre. Most safety conscious drivers. Hence, will book their vehicle in for a service at least once a year. This is generally the case with most drivers that care for their cars and also care about road safety.

As a standard rule, most auto-centres that service your car have four types of services to choose from. These are (in order of the number of checks carried out):

1- engine service (oil and filter change) known as a Bronze service.

2- medium service Silver service.

3- full service Gold service.

4- full service + MOT test Platinum service.

Depending on the type of your vehicle and how much you use it, it is worth checking what is involved in each kind of these services.

Especially if you like most of us are concerned about the money situation. This is because each service has a scale of things that are carried out and it may be that you could only afford to have an engine service and not the large Gold service. In my opinion this would be better than not having your car serviced at all, and letting your car degenerate.

The most basic maintenance plan is the oil and filter change (engine service). This service changes your oil and oil filter, also checking basic safety things such as your tyres, lights and a visual check of the brakes.

car servicing Halifax

car servicing Halifax

If you use your car a lot throughout the year, you may consider booking your vehicle in for an medium car servicing Halifax, say every six months you can do this between your annual full service (gold service)

The next service is the silver service which will include somewhere in the region of 25-35 safety checks on your car, components such as brake fluid, handbrake travel, steering and suspension will be examined and reported on, if any further problems arrive.

The most comprehensive service an auto-centre offers is usually the Full Service (gold service). This is recommended by garages as an annual check-up, the gold car servicing Halifax will go through almost everything in a car using our special check list.

With well over 50 checks, a Gold Service will ensure that your car performs to optimum levels

This should last the car right after the year following your service. The gold service is often carried out with an MOT to make a platinum service.

Not only do these car servicing Halifax options act as fantastic preventative measures that will help to keep your car safe, but when you have booked your car in for a service the mechanics that carry out the work might spot things which could affect your MOT.

If small issues are found, these can be fixed before they turn into big problems that cost you far more money. Servicing a Car

Uni-part for car servicing

Booking an MOT and car Servicing Online

Some people encounter problems when working long hours and you just cannot get to phone ? well if you live in the Halifax area or the Elland and Brighouse area, not forgetting Hebden Bridge or Sowerby Bridge, then you can now book online for your MOT and car servicing. This is an easy way to book your MOT and service.

Eric Roberts

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